Mathieu Bernard-Reymond (Fr)

Opening: 7 October 2008 6pm

On view: 7 October 2008 – 25 October 2008

POC workshop and exhibitions in Budapest

The next POC workshop ( will take place in Budapest, 7. October -14. October, 2008. For this occasion, Lumen – Photography Foundation ( and Studio of Young Artists Association (, and Mai Manó the Hungarian House of Photography ( has planned two exhibitions to be launched on the opening day of the workshop. Public POC presentations, slideshows will be held during the workshop on various locations.

About POC:
Created in Rouen, in 2002 at the initiative of French photographer Charles Fréger, “POC” – standing for “Piece of Cake” – comprises twenty or so young European artists whose preferred medium is photography. The group’s raison d’etre is to enable the artists to interact as they create, produce and distribute their works. POC is like a permanent workshop that functions at a virtual level by making full use of the web, and at a tangible level by way of Europe-wide meetings between the artists co-opted from the original nucleus: Charles Fréger (France), as well as Goetz Diergarten (Germany), Loan Nguyen and Mathieu Bernard-Reymond (Switzerland). At the next levels out from this nucleus new artists are joining POC from time to time. This network of artists, each of whom forms part of the contemporary current of “photography as art,” deals with the question of documentary recording and the relationship between photography and reality in biographical, fictional and serial modes that go beyond simple photographic reporting as proof of reality.
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Mathieu Bernard-Reymond (Fr)
Studio Gallery

The issue in Mathieu Bernard-Reymond’s pictures is landscape and the way we try to exist in a world of perpetual change. We travel fast, build fast, live fast, linked to the world by a strange bond of speed and illusion. The people in his photographs are presented as visitors, temporary figures – not residents. When he takes photographs he tries to expose the paradox of the image in its resemblance to the paradox of “our” existence now: a perpetual back and forth between the imaginary and the real, a vital yet doomed-in-advance striving to know where we are.

Yann Gross (Ch): Lavina
Lumen Gallery

Switzerland built its national identity through the iconography of its mountains. These are shown as a quiet paradise, where tourists can take advantage of the nature, without any specific knowledge required. But in reality, to make this dream come true and accessible, the environnement has to be controled and shaped as much as possible. Yann Gross has been working now for 5 years with guides and researchers who trigger avalanches with dynamite to avoid accidents in ski resorts. The purpose of these pictures is to show how powerful and majestic an avalanche can be. It almost becomes an abstract scene, as if the snow of the avalanche was covering part of a blank canvas.